Five Essential Distinctions Between the Corolla and the Camry

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2014 Toyota Corolla

2014 Toyota Corolla

The numbers are in; LMC Automotive has released the list of the top ten best-selling cars worldwide for 2013. Not surprisingly, Toyota claimed two spots on the list: the Toyota Corolla is the second best-selling car in the world, and the Toyota Camry is the sixth best-selling car in the world with a whopping 1,001,141 and 728,230 units sold, respectively.

 

In honor of Toyota’s recognition, we at Mungenast Alton Toyota compiled a list of our own about the two ranking vehicles.  Since the Toyota Corolla and the Toyota Camry are top sedan choices for shoppers who value simplicity and dependability, some might have trouble deciding which of the sedans is best for their lifestyle. To help with your choice, we’ve assembled 5 differences between the new Toyota Camry and the new Toyota Corolla. Which one is better for you? Happy shopping!

1. Corolla vs Camry: Size

Toyota Camry Interior Space

2014 Toyota Camry

Let’s begin our Corolla and Camry comparison with the most blatant difference between the sedans. The Corolla is a compact sedan; the Camry is a mid-size sedan. Do you have a family to haul around? Do you frequently carpool? Then the roomier Camry will have more room to keep you and your fellow passengers more comfortable. Do you usually drive only yourself with minimal cargo? Then  the Corolla will be a comfortable, affordable, easy-to-drive car for your daily commute.

2. Corolla vs Camry: Safety

Both the Camry and Corolla come standard with Toyota’s Star Safety System, which includes Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control , Anti-lock Brake System, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, and Smart Stop Technology. However, there are a few additional security features standard on the 2014.5 Toyota Camry, including two additional airbags, backup cameras, and a battery-saver feature that deactivates interior lights after 20 minutes.  The Camry SE and Camry XLE have an optional Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. Of these additional features, only the backup camera is available, but not standard, on the 2014 Corolla.

If safety is your primary concern, and you have some wiggle room in your budget, a Camry beats out the Corolla hands down. And, if you really want to be taken care of, the Camry XLE offers optional Safety Connect (not available on other Camry trim level or on any Corolla trim level). Safety Connect includes Emergency Assistance, Stolen Vehicle locator, Roadside Assistance and Automatic Collision Notification.

3. Corolla vs Camry:  Power

2014 Toyota Corolla

2014 Toyota Corolla

As expected, the larger Toyota Camry comes with a more powerful engine to carry the additional weight smoothly. The 2014 Toyota Corolla has two engine options: a 1.8-Liter 4-Cylinder that delivers 132 horsepower (on the Corolla L, Corolla LE, and Corolla S trim levels) or a 1.8-Liter 4-Cylinder Eco engine (on the Corolla LE Eco trim) that delivers 140 horsepower. The 2014.5 Toyota Camry, meanwhile, gives the buyer more power and more diverse options: 2.5-Liter 4-Cylinder engines (on the Camry L, Camry LE, Camry SE, SE Sport, and Camry XLE trims) deliver 178 horsepower, while the significantly more powerful 3.5-liter V-6  engines (on the XLE and SE trims) deliver 268 horsepower.  Or, for the eco-centric, the Toyota Camry Hybrid comes equipped with a 2.5-liter 4-Clinder engine that delivers 200 horsepower (on all Toyota Camry Hybrid Trims: Hybrid LE, Hybrid SE, and Hybrid XLE). And speaking of eco-friendly. . .

4. Corolla vs. Camry: Fuel Economy

As expected, the lighter Toyota Corolla offers a higher fuel economy (between 30/40 mpg) than the heavier Toyota Camry (between 25/35 mpg).  Or, if you already decided on a Camry, you can spring for a Toyota Camry Hybrid to enjoy 39/43 mpg.

5. Corolla vs. Camry:  Price

2014 Toyota Corolla

2014 Toyota Corolla

We know that, for many shoppers, price is paramount. Since the Toyota Corolla is Toyota’s entry-level sedan, it will have a lower MSRP than the Toyota Camry. However, the Toyota Camry does come with more space, power, options, and features. That’s why both are excellent values, and it’s best to consider the primary purpose of the vehicle rather than make your decision on price alone. If your budget is limited, our team at Mungenast Alton Toyota would be happy to help you to find a used Toyota Corolla or used Toyota Camry that’s in your price range. Because they are known for their reliability and longevity, Corollas and Camrys make excellent used vehicle purchases.

 

In short, with either vehicle, you’re getting of the most reliable, affordable cars on the market.  Before you decide which vehicle is right for you, allow us to get you in the vehicles for a test drive to see which vehicle handles better for you personally. Plus, you might even win this month’s Test Drive To Win Sweepstakes. We’ll see you on the road.

 

i-Road EV Trials Begin in Tokyo

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In delightfully fun-sized vehicles news, Toyota Motor Corporation will begin running limited trials of their fully electric personal transporter, the “i-Road,” next week. 2.3 meters long and not quite a meter wide, this 3-wheeled, covered vehicle gives drivers the experience of driving a golf-cart without the polyester and a motorcycle without the helmet hair. Toyota will loan one of these extremely unique vehicles to 20 lucky people over a two week period to evaluate the i-Road experience in everyday city driving.

 

You might remember something similar to the i-Road shown as a Toyota concept at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show last year, but the i-Road model going on trial has been modified with features to increase drivability and is now available in five spunky colors. Undeniable spunkiness aside, the i-Road solves a critical dilemma of automakers who want to offer buyers zero-emissions mobility while circumventing the bulkiness and high cost issues of four-wheeled EVs.Like a motorbike, the i-Road utilizes a gyroscope and allows the driver to lean into turns while offering the comfort and stability of a car. Unlike a motorcycle, however, the vehicle won’t get much faster than 38 mph, which makes it best for those who need to get around more efficiently in an urban environment.

The trial is also experimenting with the revolutionary Ha:mo system, which combines GPS and an itinerary calculator to evaluate the most efficient way of traveling to your destination using an eco-friendly and time-sensitive combination of the i-Road, rental bikes, public transportation, and legs.  The Ha:mo is not just created for the benefit of the driver, but for the benefit of the city itself. Efforts to incorporate walking and public transportation are a part of the Toyota effort to strive towards a low-carbon urban society equipped with advanced technological mobility.

 

If you want a detailed breakdown on the i-Road specs and technology, you can find it here. However, we’ve provided a stripped-down version of the details below:

    • The i-Road seats two passengers (in tandem to keep body narrow)
    • The i-Road has a fully enclosed body that protects rider and driver from the elements.
    • The i-Road does not require a helmet because it is fully enclosed.
    • The i-Road stays upright when at rest because of a trick front-wheel setup.
    • The i-Road is steered using a “squircle”-shaped steering wheel.
    • The i-Road has front-wheel drive and gets no power from the rear wheel.
    • The i-Road lithium-iron battery claims to last for 30 miles.
    • The i-Road lithium iron battery top-offs take three hours (but Toyota doesn’t indicate whether this is on Janpanese, European, or U.S. power standards.)
    • The i-Road price has not been announced or estimated. Neither has when and where the vehicle will be for sale.

 

Unfortunately for us, and for many of our readers and customers, these trials are only happening in Tokyo. Would these vehicles be beneficial to the St. Louis or Riverbend areas? Those who don’t drive long distances on an everyday basis might find this a cost effective option for daily errands. Alternatively, those who do drive long distances daily might still find this vehicle to be a fun alternative for their shorter trips. What do you think? Let us know! Post a response on our blog here, or find us on Facebook and join the conversation.

 

 

Source:  Toyota USA

2014 Toyota Highlander: Fun For The Whole Family

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The 2014 Toyota Highlander has been getting a lot of press this year. Toyota’s tagline for the Highlander – there’s no room
for boring – fits in well with the SUV’s new spokespeople (or should we say, spokesmuppets?).  The campaign with Jim Hensen’s Muppets began with a Super Bowl advertisement and several online episodic videos and culminated earlier this week at the Muppets Most Wanted Hollywood premiere in a stunt that had various Muppets rolling down Hollywood Boulevard in Toyota Highlanders.

 

 The Muppet/Highlander campaign is also appropriate for another big reason: both are family-oriented enterprises. The recent campaign presents us the perfect opportunity to highlight the features that make the 2014 Toyota Highlander more family-friendly than ever.

Why the 2014 Toyota Highlander is the Ultimate Family SUV

 

This updated mid-size SUV gained three inches in length, providing more space for extra passengers and an increased cargo capacity for those transporting groceries or equipment. Toyota redesigned the rear suspension, which widened the fold-flat third row seat to fit three. This results in total seating space for up to 8 and blurs the distinction between mid-size and full-size SUV. However, it should be noted that the seating in the third row is best for children, as an adult might their heads uncomfortably close to the roof of the vehicle on longer journeys.

 

Legroom for adults in the 2014 Toyota Highlander also expanded. There’s an increase in the amount of legroom for the front and middle rows to facilitate greater comfort for taller drivers and passengers. Also, the 2014 Toyota Highlander takes into account the needs of shorter drivers and passengers by installing an available height-adjustable power lift gate in the rear, which means that the vehicle owner can program the back door to stop opening at a height that can be reached by the whole family.

 

The huge storage bin in the center console of the Highlander is perfect to hold overstuffed handbags, and with the divided shelf beneath the dashboard, there’s always a place to keep important items handy while keeping the cup holders free for, well, cups!

 

As seen on comparable mid-size SUVs, the 2014 Toyota Highlander comes with the extended view review mirror that allows the driver to keep an eye on their more rambunctious backseat cargo. What makes the Toyota Highlander stand out in terms of driver access to backseat passengers, however, is the Easy Speak system, which uses a hands-free microphone to send audio to the speakers in the rear. This feature is available on the XLE grade and higher and is activated by a button on the 6.1-inch touch-screen display. It will be a smooth and quiet drive, as Toyota has implemented an acoustic windshield and expanded dashboard silencer to prevent engine noise from penetrating the cabin.

 

 

Those with their eye on the big-picture of their family’s future on our planet might be pleased to know that this vehicle, like earlier models, comes with a hybrid option. In this newest gas-electric Toyota SUV, the hybrid system offers combined horsepower of 280 and an impressive combined fuel economy of 28 – the best combined MPG of any mid-size SUV.

 

Want more details and specs about the Toyota Highlander? We have you covered on the Mungenast Alton Toyota website.
Interested in bringing in a Highlander into your family? Take a look at our Highlander inventory at Mungenast Alton Toyota. Then visit us in Alton, IL, for a test drive, and you’ll be toting your own family of Muppets around in your new Highlander before you know it.

 

Mungenast Alton Toyota is a part of the Mungenast Automotive Family. Learn more about our Alton, IL, and St. Louis, MO car dealerships on our website

Scion Announces Details Surrounding Limited Production ‘10 Series’ Models

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Today, Scion released pricing and more specific information on all of the forthcoming Scion10 Series models to commemorate the brand’s 10th anniversary.  Each example will come standard with   In all, only 10,000 Scion to Series vehicles will be produced and will arrive in dealerships in June.

Scion 10 Series 2014 tC – Comes with premium stitching on the steering wheel and seats, projector headlights, LED accent lighting, 18-inch gloss dark gray allow wheels, an electroluminescent panel about the radio, and front and rear locator badges (which illuminate once the vehicle is unlocked).  The tC also comes with the all-new Scion Standard Display Audio, featuring a 6.1-inch LCD touchscreen, Bluetooth® compatibility, HD Radio™ technology and steering wheel-mounted controls.  Other exclusive features include logo-stamped Scion side skirts, illuminated shift knob, and Scion floor mats.

Scion 10 Series 2014 iQ – Comes with projector-beam headlights, 16-inch graphite gray alloy wheels, two electroluminescent panels on the center console, front and rear illuminated locater badges, illuminated shift knob and logo floor mats.

Scion 10 Series 2013 FR-S – Comes with dual zone automatic climate control, HID headlights, LED DRL accent lights, 17-inch wheels (the same ones that come on the standard car), a frameless rearview mirror, a dashboard electroluminescent panel, front and rear locator badges, illuminated shift knob (A/T models only), and Scion-logo cargo mat.

Scion 10 Series 2013 xB – Comes with projector beam halogen headlights, LED accent lighting, 16-inch graphite alloy wheels, a dashboard electroluminescent panel, front and rear locator badges, illuminated shift knob and Scion floor mats.

Scion 10 Series 2013 xD – Comes with premium stitching on the seats, halogen headlights, 16-inch graphite gray alloy wheels, electroluminescent panel above the radio, a rear locator badge, illuminated shift knob and Scion logo floor and cargo mats.

All Scion 10 Series models will be painted in a premium color, Silver Ignition, with silver seat belts to match.

 

Source: Scion Newsroom

Toyota Reigns Supreme in 2012 Reliability Rankings

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Credit: Toyota

Japanese automakers have been known for years for producing vehicles exhibiting overall superior reliability and below-average cost to repair, and this year, Toyota, Scion, and Lexus have earned the top three spots among “Most Reliable Automakers.”  The highest ranked vehicle of all is the all-new Toyota Prius c.

This year’s report was compiled using data comprised of nearly 1.2 million surveys that show how many issues were reported among vehicles out of a scale of 0-100 per model.  The fewer issues per 100 vehicles-per-model in the survey, the higher the model’s reliability ranking – impacting the manufacturer’s score across an entire vehicle lineup.

Source – Autoblog

2013 Scion tC Release Series 8.0 Announced

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If you’re the type of person that likes driving something that’s unique and fun, keep reading – because Scion has announced the 2013 tC Release Series 8.0.  If you’re familiar with the Scion Release Series program, it’s an internal effort by Scion to create limited-run versions of their vehicles, and these special editions often feature special paint colors, performance upgrades, and styling enhancements on the exterior and interior to separate these models visually from the more basic model.  Scion also keeps the production runs very low, in most cases somewhere between 1000-2000 examples – they want you to consider them as, say, “affordable exotics” in a sense, because you’re unlikely to see another one besides yours, and the exclusivity you’re enjoying didn’t break the bank.

The tC Release Series 8.0 comes exclusively in Absolutely Red and is fitted with unique TRD (Toyota Racing Development) performance accessories, blacked-out 18” wheels, and a unique body kit and exterior treatments developed with Five Axis.

Scion also announced pricing for the tC RS 8.0, and you’ll be glad to know that this sporty coupe, although high on style and performance, isn’t high on price.  The MSRP (before destination charge from the manufacturer) will be $21,815 with a six-speed automatic and $22,865 if you choose the six-speed automatic with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters – and it’s noteworthy that paddle shifters are exclusive to the RS 8.0, meaning that you can’t get them in any other tC model.

No release date has been announced, but expect the tC Release Series 8.0 in our showroom within the next couple of months.  We’ll even pre-order one for you if you’d like!

Source – Scion

Toyota Announces 2013 Avalon Hybrid

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Back in April when Toyota unveiled the newly redesigned 2013 Avalon, not much except the overall design was really talked about, until now.  For the first time ever, Toyota customers can now opt for a hybrid powertrain on their Avalon sedan.  While the fact that Toyota is adding Hybrid Synergy Drive to any of its product offerings comes as absolutely no surprise (except maybe if they offered a hybrid FJ Cruiser), what’s surprising is the fuel economy – 40 MPG City / 39 MPG Highway – which is incredible for such a large sedan to achieve.  Also substantiating the availability of a hybrid powertrain on the Avalon is the fact that the new 2013 Lexus ES 300h uses the same system and the same platform.

As with all Toyota vehicles equipped with Hybrid Synergy Drive, the Avalon features EV, ECO, and SPORT modes.  Under ideal conditions, the Avalon can travel at speeds up to 25 mph for up to approximately one mile under battery power alone.  With a total system output of 200 horsepower, the Avalon Hybrid offers plenty of power to make any commute a breeze without any drawbacks.

The Avalon and Avalon Hybrid are expected in showrooms by the end of 2012.

Source – Toyota USA Newsroom
Photo Credit – Toyota USA Newsroom

All-New Toyota Corolla Bows in Japan

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Did you know that the Toyota Corolla is the world’s best-selling car?  It is, and for good reason.  Going forward into its eleventh generation, the newest Corolla offers the same legendary reliability in a more refined package – or so we think.  Revealed at a line-off ceremony at Toyota Motor Company’s newest state-of-the-art Central Motor manufacturing facility in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, the new Corolla boasts increased interior volume, vastly improved visibility, a more stylish appearance, and better fuel efficiency – thanks to a new CVT transmission and engine start/stop technology.

The Corolla is offered in two different versions in Japan – the Corolla Axio (sedan) and Corolla Fielder (wagon), with more sales volume anticipated for the Fielder (for the record, the last year the Toyota Corolla wagon was on sale in the U.S. was 1997).  The version we are most likely to receive here in the United States will be a reworked version of the sedan (most likely to with a new grille and halogen reflector-style headlamps, not HIDs), but since rumblings emerged about the likely discontinuation of the Toyota Matrix, we may receive a wagon after all.  On the technical side of things, the new Corolla will be available with a choice of two different inline-four-cylinder engines – a 1.5-liter or a 1.8-liter – and a choice of a CVT or 5-speed manual transmission.  While the 1.5-liter motor boasts better fuel economy, we’re likely to only see the 1.8-liter make it to our shores.

Inside, the Corolla’s interior looks like an updated, slightly smaller version of what we can expect from the upcoming Avalon, with hints of Scion FR-S, Camry, and Prius c – the latter of which is produced in the same factory as the new Corolla.  The Japanese model appears to come available with convenience features like automatic climate control and navigation, while boasting available luxury touches, like wooden trimmings around the power controls on each door, the shift gate, center stack, and the top section of the steering wheel – that’s right – you can be “wood-grain grippin’” in a JDM Corolla if you so desire.  The new Corolla also features a higher roofline than the previous model, and a lower belt line – which, along with an expanded cabin and thinner A-pillars – creates an unprecedented amount of all-around visibility for the driver.  All this comes in a package that is not visibly larger than the current model.

Will the Corolla we receive in the ‘States look like this?  We certainly hope so.

Source – Toyota Global Showroom
Image Credit – Toyota Global Showroom

2013 Toyota Avalon Officially Revealed in New York at NYIAS

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The 2013 Avalon strikes back at its competition with bold styling and a host of new luxury and technology features.   The Avalon is the largest sedan that Toyota makes under its own nameplate, although it’s not been the most successful in terms of sales volume.  Toyota hopes to change all that, and also change perceptions about who the Avalon is really aimed at.  For starters, let’s take a look at the front of the car – if it looks familiar, that’s because the headlights and grille are reminiscent of the 2012 Camry, but look closer.  Notice that there’s an LED accent surrounding each of the projectors.  Also you’ll see a large lower grille that emphasizes the 2013 Avalon’s new sporting nature.

Looking around the vehicle, you’ll notice several things about its dimensions.  The front and rear overhangs have been greatly reduced, and so have the visual gaps between the tires and the fender wells (not quite a “slammed” stance, but it’s a step in the right direction, so let’s call it “semiflush”), which is certainly a nice thing to see automakers paying attention to, especially in this segment.  Inside the Avalon, occupants will be surrounded by a very premium environment highlighted by stitched leather on the dash, warm wood accents, and a host of other luxurious features, like available heated and cooled front seats and the Toyota Entune system.

Pricing and availability have not yet been announced, so stay with us and we’ll post that information as soon as it becomes available.

Source – Toyota USA Newsroom

Image Credit – Toyota USA Newsroom

Prius c Hits the Ground Running with Strong Sales

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Credit: Toyota

Sales of the all-new Toyota Prius c subcompact hybrid began on March 12th.  Today is only March 16th, and already Toyota is reporting that the company has sold 1,201 of them – in three days.  Undoubtedly, the major contributing factor to the Prius c’s overwhelming popularity is the ascent of fuel prices.  With the average price of regular unleaded hovering between $3.89 in St. Louis (it’s around $4.09 here in Alton, though), combined with the Prius c’s starting price of just under $19,000, it’s hard not to talk yourself into purchasing one of these.  We had one in Magnetic Gray Metallic, but it sold very quickly – just as we expected.

Given the sales velocity of the 2012 Toyota Prius c, we don’t expect them to last very long on our lot.  If you are looking for something affordable that gets a combined 50 mpg figure, you should seriously consider a Prius c.  We urge you to come into Mungenast Alton Toyota-Scion to reserve yours as soon as possible.

Source - Toyota USA Newsroom